Lowe Enshrinement Set For South Bend

What would a nice guy like Woodrow Lowe be doing in the hometown of Notre Dame? Not remembering one of the most disappointing losses in Crimson Tide football history, at least not by design.

Former Alabama linebacker Woodrow Lowe will be among those enshrined in the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame, which is in South Bend, Ind. The ceremony is July 16-17.

Lowe helped Alabama to the 1973 national championship. The Crimson Tide won the UPI title (coaches' poll), which was based on regular season games only. But most national championship awards by then were following bowl games, and in one of the greatest football games of all time, Notre Dame defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, 24-23.

Lowe is one of 24 football standouts who will be honored at the enshrinement.

  "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to enshrine another exceptional class of college football legends," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "Each year our hard-working honors courts do an outstanding job ensuring the game's greatest players and coaches find their place on college football's mountain top. We look forward to celebrating in South Bend with this amazing class and their loyal fans from around the country."

Known as one of the hardest hitting linebackers in the history of the University of Alabama's prestigious football program, Woodrow Lowe led the Crimson Tide to the 1973 national title as a three-time First Team All-America selection.

Playing under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, Lowe was a valuable part of the Crimson Tide defense. During his sophomore year, Lowe led his team to an undefeated season and a third straight SEC title. Mal Moore, then Alabama assistant coach said, "He was consistently excellent throughout his playing career and his induction into the [College Football] Hall of Fame is very appropriate. He put together a career that set a standard that carries on to this day."

Serving as team captain his senior season, Lowe guided Alabama to their fourth straight SEC title and a victory in the Sugar Bowl over Penn State.

Lowe entered the 1976 NFL Draft and was selected in the fifth round by the San Diego Chargers, where he remained throughout his 11-year career.

Following his career with the Chargers, Lowe began a successful coaching career. He served as an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

When reflecting on his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame Lowe stated, "There are a lot of other people that I owe credit to and give credit to. It is truly an honor to be inducted, but there are a lot of people that had a lot to do with me being successful." Lowe is currently an assistant coach at Jackson-Olin High School (Alabama).

Fans have a variety of opportunities to meet and mingle with the enshrinees during this spectacular event. The jam-packed weekend will include a celebrity golf tournament, a fan festival, a grand parade, a youth football clinic, a fireworks spectacular with the celebration culminating with the Enshrinement Dinner & Show on Saturday evening. 

"The College Football Hall of Fame is honored to host so many notable contributors to the game in South Bend, celebrating this tremendous accolade," said College Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Lisa Klunder. "Enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame is a rare distinction shared by only the most accomplished players, and our festival boasts a myriad of events to highlight this extraordinary achievement." 

Tickets for all events are on sale now.  Space is limited for certain events. For events, pricing, times, tickets or for more information on Woodrow Lowe and his enshrinement into the Hall of Fame visit www.enshrinementfestival.org or call 574-235-5714. 

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